Hi Pottery Fans,
Greetings from Japan and many thanks for visiting www.e-yakimono.net and signing up for this newsletter. We've been up for about five months now and the hits keep coming - again, thanks for sharing the site with your friends. I'd also like to hear from you if there are any areas that you'd like to see covered on the site and please feel free to offer suggestions and comments.
1) NEW WINNER OF JAPAN CERAMIC SOCIETY AWARD
This year's Japan Ceramic Society award went to Ogawa Machiko, only the fourth woman to receive the award. She's a relative newcomer to the scene after having lived in Africa for a while. She's part of an exhibition at the Ibaraki Prefecture Ceramic Museum now and I have some pictures from that exhibit which will be up on e-y net soon. A slightly heavy-handed edited article appeared in the Japan Times on Wednesday and can be read at:
Also, many past articles can be found in their archives at:
2) EXHIBITION CATALOG
A catalog for the above exhibition is available with English essays - if you're interested in one just let me know.
3) KYOTO POTTER SUZUKI OSAMU
The legendary Kyoto potter Suzuki Osamu passed away on April 9. He was a founding member of Soudeisha and was honored with a retrospective exhibition at the National Museum of Modern Art, Crafts Gallery in 1999. His influence is felt very much at the above-mentioned Ibaraki exhibition. For more on this artist, please visit:
4) WATCH OUT FOR FAKE PIECES
I've recently been shown some Hamada, Kaneshige, and Kato Tokuro pieces from overseas collections - all fakes. Please be careful if you're choosing to collect the big names - even if the box looks good. If you have any questions about pieces you're thinking about purchasing and have a question I might be able to answer, just let me know.
5) EXHIBITION ANNOUNCEMENT CARDS
I receive tons of announcement cards for exhibitions and if anyone would like to have some please let me know and we can arrange something - all I would need is postage.
6) 16TH JAPAN CERAMIC ART EXHIBITION
The 16th Japan Ceramic Art exhibition will commence on May 24 in Tokyo. This biennial event is always a great chance to see some fine pots and sculptural works. This year's Grand Prize winner of the Prince Katsura Award goes to an avant-garde piece titled 'This End UP' by Toda Morinobu. It's very unusual for an object to win the award. This year's exhibition attracted 930 entries with only 157 chosen. A catalog will be available and again, if anyone would like one, please email me (see below for e-address).
7) TOKUDA YASOKICHI
I'm off to visit Living National Treasure Tokuda Yasokichi tomorrow and will hopefully get some photos to place up on e-yakimono.net. His work isn't traditional Kutani in the least - a few images can be found on e-y net; put on your sunglasses though - they are very bright!
Well, I just wanted to get this inaugural issue out and I hope to get news off to the world in this venue every odd month or so.
Until the next time-
Best regards and a thousand domo's from Japan.
Robert Yellin, EY Net
email: To email Robert, click the "Email Us" button at top of page.